I’m going to confess something here. When I was a teenager I was hooked on Full House. And not just that, I also used to read The Babysitter’s Club. You see, I have a sister who is 8 years younger than me and when I was babysitting her I secretly enjoyed her books and TV shows.
Shhh.. don’t tell anyone. I had a big crush on Uncle Jesse. I mean, who didn’t. My girls and I loved him since General Hospital and then he turned up on a tweenie show meant for my younger siblings?
Sure, the show was maybe a 6/10—on par with Who’s the Boss—but it was still much better than Saved by the Bell (back off Mark-Paul Gosselaar fans), whose mawkish, overplayed teenagers rubbed my real one the wrong way.
Yes there were the same outrageous outfits and preachy family-friendly storylines, but there was something endearingly annoying about Full House. Oh right. That was Kimmy Kibbler.
Fuller House photo credit Michael Yarish/Netflix
The catch phrases, the happy endings, the hugs. The true love story between Jesse and Becky. The totally dorkness of Joey. Danny Tanner, the perfectly imperfect Dad we all adored.
Full House. Pure nostalgia of happier, pre-adulthood days.
All why I jumped at the chance to watch the first 6 episodes of Fuller House, even though technically I’m too old for it to have been one of ‘my shows’.
The premise—in case you’ve been living under a rock: the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys — the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson, neurotic 7-year-old Max and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr.
You know what? I loved it (in spite of myself). And even better, my almost 22-old daughter did too. She watched it first, and then reminded me repeatedly to tune in until I did.
Gibbler hasn’t aged a bit!
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Yes, you’ll read that Fuller House is way cheesy and often rides on the coattails of its predecessor by recycling the catch phrases and remaking famous scenes. That’s true. This show isn’t as much a remake as a copy cat continuation, and most of the premise and situations are flips on the original show. But for some reason we don’t care. There’s something endearing about it all and how it hearkens back to simpler times where cheese was the norm and catch phrases weren’t trite, and we didn’t have to adult every day.
Yes, the acting is simple (the mugging is sometimes a little too much) and and the humor beyond obvious, but it still works. The scenes and setups made me smile without having to think too much
And when push comes to shove, isn’t that sometimes enough?
11 Reasons to Watch Fuller House
- The guys. They look great. An extra dose of John Stamos is never a bad thing (have you watched his narcissistic self on Grandfathered?)
- Uncle Jesse sings Forever to Aunt Becky. Heart. Melting.
- In the first episode, the cast plays non-stop to the audience and holds no bones about it. They know we want it and they give us exactly what we asked for.
- Candace Cameron Bure. She grew up in the limelight and has had her own life struggles, but as my grandpa used to say, ‘She’s OK’. And her hair and wardrobe? I want it all.
- The lewd jokes. The creators know that their audience is comprised of late stage Gen X’ers—and maybe their kids—so Fuller House isn’t *as* family friendly as you’d expect. There are multiple references to Jodi Sweetin’s rather generous endowments and Kimmy Gibbler’s wildcat tendencies in the sack.
- Your childhood poop and butt jokes are well-represented.
- Joey’s babysitting skills have not improved. Still not sure why anyone would entrust their children to him. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say green goo and silly string deserve their own spot in the closing credits.
- There’s proof that there’s a fountain of youth and it’s at Andrea Barber’s house. You’ll see in the opening credits that eerily, Kimmy Gibbler hasn’t aged. At all. And she’s wearing the same clothes too.
- And speaking of Kimmy Gibbler, she’s an even more annoying adult and yet DJ and Stephanie are still friends with her.
- The Mexican wrestling episode.
- The girl power. While it was really timely at the time to see three men taking care of three children (think: 3 Men and a Baby), it’s even more heartening to see 3 women come together as a village. The world needs more women supporting women.
Girl Power on Fuller House
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Did I get you excited to watch? Be ready to binge starting February 26th, 2015. To get you in the mood the stars of Fuller House put together some Netflix playlists for all of us.
TV Time for the Fam
Fuller House and Other Fave Fams
Supermoms Like DJ Fuller
Steph Tanner Presents “How Rude” TV
Kimmy Gibbler and Other Pesky Friends
Are you going to watch?